Gary Graham has decided he’s Scottish after all, and the Newcastle flanker courted by England last year joined up with the Scotland squad at Oriam yesterday.
Carnoustie, of course, has not been immune to American domination during its seven previous Open Championships.
Glasgow’s Australian-born centre Sam Johnson will make his Scotland debut in a recast team for this Saturday’s Guinness 6 Nations opener against Italy at BT Murrayfield.
Scotland didn’t even have time to call on Kate Humble or Chris Packham as the “Finn Watch” ended less than 24 hours after it started and the star stand-off was ruled out of Scotland’s Guinness 6 Nations match against France in Paris.
Catriona Matthew’s ever-calm exterior – vital itself in a high-pressure situation like a Solheim Cup – disguises as tough a competitor as there is in world golf, believes Dame Laura Davies.
Sam Locke is becoming his own man, plotting his way around Royal Portrush without the advice and oversight of his mentor Paul Lawrie, before both play in the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush.
Stuart Hogg was not quite being restrained at Celtic Park in the hours before his final game for Glasgow in today’s Guinness PRO14 final, but “the brakes were on” after the departing full-back went “beserk” at training on Thursday.
The first cut was the slightest, with just four of Gregor Townsend’s extended training squad for the Rugby World Cup returning to their clubs as 40 go on to the four warm-up matches over the next month.
Time was when Scotland used to spend a day training in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh as their warm weather preparation for games in steamy foreign climes but it’s far more scientific as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Scotland need to make a statement at Twickenham today about their under-performance in this year’s Guinness Six Nations, their poor away form AND their dreadful record at English rugby’s HQ, agreed skipper Stuart McInally.